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ISO 27001 FAQ


What is ISO 27001?

ISO/IEC 27001 is an international information security standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The standard provides a benchmark for organizations to establish, implement, maintain and improve the information security management system (ISMS).

Why Should a Company Adopt ISO 27001?

By adopting ISO 27001 certification, organizations can:
• Adopt a more flexible and risk driven framework for securing information assets
• Ensure security management is kept up to date with the latest security threats
• Ensure vulnerabilities are identified and addressed to lower business risk
• Demonstrate commitment to securing client’s data which has HUGE MARKETING BENEFITS and BRAND VALUE which inevitably drives more business.

Do l need ISO 27001?

The standard is designed for adoption across all types of organizations including enterprises, non-profits and government agencies. The standard is also applicable to companies of all sizes and all industries including healthcare, banking, retail and education.

What does ISO 27001 Cover?

Unlike other regulations, ISO/IEC 27001 does not mandate specific information security controls. Instead the standard provided the flexibility that controls required may vary across the wide range of companies that adopt the standard.
The information security controls from ISO/IEC 27002 are summarized in annex A to ISO/IEC 27001. Organizations are then free to choose the information security controls that will better address their information risk. Therefore, the key to ensuring adequate selection of applicable controls is to complete an assessment of the company’s information risk – working with a company like ControlCase.

How to get ISO 27001 Certification?

Suppliers and business partners are increasingly requiring that organizations provide a certificate of compliance with ISO/IEC 27001 from a respected and experienced certification body such as ControlCase InfoSec. This provides them with some assurance that the security of their information has been considered and addressed.

What are the Requirements ISO/IEC 27001

The core requirements of the standard are addressed in Clauses 4.1 through to 10.2.

4.1 – Understanding the Organization and its Context – outlines the organization and context
4.2 – Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties – addresses the needs and expectations of your organization’s interested parties
4.3 – Determining the Scope of the Information Security Management System – a crucial part of the ISMS as it will tell stakeholders, including senior management, customers, auditors and staff, what areas of your business are covered by your ISMS
4.4 – Information Security Management System – deals with how the organization implements, maintains and continually improves the information security management system.
5.1 – Leadership & Commitment – emphasizes the importance of information security being supported, both visibly and materially, by senior management.
5.2 – Information Security Policy – requires that top management establish an information security policy
5.3 – Organizational Roles, Responsibilities & Authorities – ensures that the roles, responsibilities and authorities are clear for the information security management system
6.1 – Actions to Address Risks and Opportunities – addresses planning of actions to address risks and opportunities
6.2 – Information Security Objectives & Planning to Achieve them – assesses the protecting confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) of the information assets in scope.
7.1 – Resources – ensures the provision of adequate level of resource into the establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of the information security management system.
7.2 – Competence – addresses the competence of people doing the work on the ISMS that could affect its performance
7.3 – Awareness – ensures the persons doing the work are aware of information security practice and policies
7.4 – Communication – looks at communication across what, when, who, how
7.5 – Documented Information – addresses the description of the information security management system and then to demonstrate how its intended outcomes are achieved for the organization.
8.1 – Operational Planning & Control – is about planning, implementation and control to ensure the outcomes of the information security management system are achieved.
8.2 – Information Security Risk Assessment – ensures risk assessments are performed at planned intervals and when changes require it
8.3 – Information Security Risk Treatment – requires organizations to to implement the information security risk treatment plan and retain documented information on the results of that risk treatment.
9.1 – Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Evaluation – evaluates how the ISMS is performing and look at the effectiveness of the information security management system.
9.2 – Internal Audit – ensures internal audits are conducted at planned intervals
9.3 – Management Review – ensures senior management conduct the management review for ISO 27001
10.1 – Nonconformity and Corrective Action – concerns the actions an organization takes to address information security orientated nonconformities
10.2 – Continual Improvement – ensures continual evaluation and improvement of the ISMS.

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